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Chemical Search International Global Consulting Team

We are a boutique search firm but with a global footprint to reflect the international nature of our client base. We believe our innovative structure which makes this possible is unique and means we can offer clients a truly global, cross-boarder search capability whilst retaining the nimbleness and flexibility of a small business. Our core consulting team is leveraged by a growing board of executive advisors and business developers, many of whom are well-connected executives from our industries, independent consultants or deep sector experts.

Executive Search

If you are an experienced executive search consultant looking for a more sector-focused firm or midcareer industry executive interested in switching to executive search we’d be interested to talk. We offer an entrepreneurial, collegiate setting, 100% sector focus and a global outlook, plus high brand recognition, established infrastructure and a loyal client base. We can offer truly unlimited earnings from both search assignments and our ChemExec℠ | Executive Club , plus the flexibility to work from home.

Advisory Board

We already have a strong and established board of Business Developers and Executive Advisors, some of whom are shown on our Team page. Business Developers work closely with us to help expand new geographic regions or parts of our value-chain. Executive Advisors work with us in a public or confidential capacity to help identify opportunities and find talent. In an industry as vast and fragmented as ours, we believe our model is a true differentiator and helps explain our success.

To learn more or arrange an exploratory call please contact us.

ChemExec℠ Promoter

If you have a large network and would like to help us grow our Executive Club then please get in touch. We would be happy to offer you a special discount code to pass onto your contacts so they can enjoy our Club’s premium services at a privileged rate. We would also pay you 20% of any purchase they make when using this code. This could be done in your spare time with very little effort and could potentially grow to a significant sum! To learn more please email us.

Europe / MEA

Stephen Mothersole

Founder and CEO

London, UK

Stephen's career has spanned a wide part of the chemicals sector; from being a European chemicals equity research analyst for leading investment bank S.G. Warburg to corporate development, sales, marketing and business management roles working for Air Products & Chemicals. Durting this time he was based in the USA and Germany for 8 year...

Stephen Mothersole

Founder and CEO

London, UK

Stephen's career has spanned a wide part of the chemicals sector; from being a European chemicals equity research analyst for leading investment bank S.G. Warburg to corporate development, sales, marketing and business management roles working for Air Products & Chemicals. Durting this time he was based in the USA and Germany for 8 years.

In 2000 he founded Chemical Search International (CSI) which has steadily grown to one of the most respected boutique executive search firms worldwide for the chemicals and related value-chain.

Stephen holds a BSc in Chemistry from Hull University, UK, an MSc in Bio-analytical chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, USA and an MBA studied in both Spain and Belgium.

On a personal note Stephen is proud of CSI's success and excited by the many opportunities that lie ahead to grow the business. If you would like to join us in some capacity or we can help in some way please get in touch.

Languages spoken: English, Business Spanish

Anil Vaidya

Operations Director

London, UK

Before co-founding Chemical Search in 2000, Anil worked for ten years in life sciences with B.P. Chemicals and American Cyanamid. Roles included control engineering, project management and technology transfer.

Anil is a recognised expert globally in healthcare and biotechnology and acts as a government and industry advisor in this capaci...

Anil Vaidya

Operations Director

London, UK

Before co-founding Chemical Search in 2000, Anil worked for ten years in life sciences with B.P. Chemicals and American Cyanamid. Roles included control engineering, project management and technology transfer.

Anil is a recognised expert globally in healthcare and biotechnology and acts as a government and industry advisor in this capacity. Anil manages strategic operational issues for our business.

Anil holds a BEng in control engineering from Teesside University, UK, MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA studied in the UK. Anil has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Japan.

Languages spoken: English, Business Japanese

Sally O'Donnell

Global Research Manager

London, UK

Sally manages and coordinates our research and candidate management systems working closely with our clients, Consulting and Advisory team throughout each assignment. Her speed, efficiency and multi-tasking skills are second to none.

Sally received a BA in Sociology from the University of Greenwich, London and later spent 2 years th...

Sally O'Donnell

Global Research Manager

London, UK

Sally manages and coordinates our research and candidate management systems working closely with our clients, Consulting and Advisory team throughout each assignment. Her speed, efficiency and multi-tasking skills are second to none.

Sally received a BA in Sociology from the University of Greenwich, London and later spent 2 years there as Administrator for the Access course for mature students. Following 8 years as Practice Manager in the healthcare sector she joined Chemical Search International.

 

Languages spoken: English

Annette Hilliard

Finance & Administration

London, UK

Before joining Chemical Search, Annette had many years of experience in accounts management and administration, including 4 years in-house accounts management for Fortnum & Mason, the famous London department store. She manages our accounts, internal finance and administrative issues.

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Annette Hilliard

Finance & Administration

London, UK

Before joining Chemical Search, Annette had many years of experience in accounts management and administration, including 4 years in-house accounts management for Fortnum & Mason, the famous London department store. She manages our accounts, internal finance and administrative issues.

Languages spoken: English

Julie Birch

Marketing Consultant

London, UK

Julie is a professional, enthusiastic, results-orientated, part-time marketing director, with strong business acumen. Strategically and tactically strong and a successful initiator and manager of complex projects. Strengths in business strategy, value proposition development and brand building are complemented by effective marketing communicatio...

Julie Birch

Marketing Consultant

London, UK

Julie is a professional, enthusiastic, results-orientated, part-time marketing director, with strong business acumen. Strategically and tactically strong and a successful initiator and manager of complex projects. Strengths in business strategy, value proposition development and brand building are complemented by effective marketing communications (including message development, copywriting, PR, social media, content marketing, integrated campaigns) and lead generation to support profitable business growth.

Julie's career earlier includes being Marketing Manager at Rentokill and Global New Business Development Manager at Rohm & Haas. She has a degree in Chemistry from Southampton University and comp[leted the Executive Marketing program at The University of Philadelphia, The Wharton School.

Languages spoken: English

Dr. David Barkel

Managing Partner | EMEA

London, UK

David has over 25 years experience of the chemicals sector. His early career was at Courtaulds as Group Support Manager for the polymers and coatings business. After this he moved into the SME sector as Technical Director of an Adhesives business before joining ICI as New Technology Director.

Since 2006 he has been working as an independ...

Dr. David Barkel

Managing Partner | EMEA

London, UK

David has over 25 years experience of the chemicals sector. His early career was at Courtaulds as Group Support Manager for the polymers and coatings business. After this he moved into the SME sector as Technical Director of an Adhesives business before joining ICI as New Technology Director.

Since 2006 he has been working as an independent consultant specialising in business support and mentoring for SME's and since 2008 as an Associate of &Coaching Ltd delivering one-to-one coaching programmes to business owners and leaders. He is a member of the Association for Coaching.

David joined the team at CSI Autumn 2011 in to expand our Executive Search capabilities in EMEA and to drive development of our Chemical coaching practice.

David holds a BSc and PhD both from University College London, UK, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.

David has lived in Singapore and the UK and travelled widely in his career.

Languages spoken: English

David Hopkins

Global Lead | Biosciences

London, UK

David has over 40 years’ experience of the life science, fine chemicals and associated sectors. His early career was at G. D. Searle working in their human cell, bulk culture and biochemistry department. After 7 years in research he moved to build a career in international sales, marketing and business development, working for a number of ...

David Hopkins

Global Lead | Biosciences

London, UK

David has over 40 years’ experience of the life science, fine chemicals and associated sectors. His early career was at G. D. Searle working in their human cell, bulk culture and biochemistry department. After 7 years in research he moved to build a career in international sales, marketing and business development, working for a number of large companies such as Millipore, R P Scherer, Colorcon, Genzyme, and British Sugar. In addition, he has experience of the SME sector having worked for companies in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

From 2010 he has been working as an independent business development consultant working with Evocatal GmbH, CatSci Ltd and Celbius Ltd.

David joined the team at CSI in January 2016 to expand our Executive Search capabilities in Life Sciences (biotechnology, fine chemicals, drug delivery, natural products, and nutraceuticals).

David holds a BSc from North East London Polytechnic. David has lived in South Yemen, and the UK, and has travelled widely in his career, building contacts and developing relationships across Europe, USA, China, Japan and Korea.

Languages spoken: English

Anita Hoffmann

Consulting Partner | Renewables

London, UK

Anita specialises in mission critical C-level and board executive search, board advisory services and senior executive coaching to companies and investors in the Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables, CleanTech, Water, Climate Change and Sustainability areas.

Anita has 30 years of experience at international senior executive level in industry...

Anita Hoffmann

Consulting Partner | Renewables

London, UK

Anita specialises in mission critical C-level and board executive search, board advisory services and senior executive coaching to companies and investors in the Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables, CleanTech, Water, Climate Change and Sustainability areas.

Anita has 30 years of experience at international senior executive level in industry and consulting services in the resources and energy sectors. Her experience includes working with and advising Corporates and PE/VC’s clients on regular and pre-deal searches, pre IPO boards and building executive teams for start-ups, succession planning, executive on-boarding and development.

Her early career was with Exxon, then Dow Corning before entering consulting with Accenture then Deloitte. Anita became a Partner and co-global practice leader for renewables for Heidrick & Struggles before establishing her own company Executiva.

Chemical Search has worked with Anita for a number of years and is delighted to now have a formal partnership agreement.

Anita lives and works in London and speaks French, German, English and native Swedish.

Languages spoken: English, Swedish

Steve Bennett

Consulting Partner | Industrials

South Cheshire | UK

As a partner of Chemical Search, Steve specialises in Executive Search of senior leaders at Board level and first-line management to improve business performance. His work is broadly done across the industrial sector, with a strong focus on the UK.

Steve is also Founder and MD of Science North Ltd - the developer and deliverer of the Bus...

Steve Bennett

Consulting Partner | Industrials

South Cheshire | UK

As a partner of Chemical Search, Steve specialises in Executive Search of senior leaders at Board level and first-line management to improve business performance. His work is broadly done across the industrial sector, with a strong focus on the UK.

Steve is also Founder and MD of Science North Ltd - the developer and deliverer of the Business of Science Conference, Dinner and Leadership Awards. He is an experienced Non-executive and Board Chair providing small business mentoring and business development consultancy to help organisations improve.

Culturally aware with strong financial acumen, Steve also provides career transition, coaching and mentoring to support organisational change.

 

Languages spoken: English

Judith Moeckell

Consulting Partner | HR Management

London, UK

Judith is an international HR Consultant. Her specialism is Resourcing end to end solutions, global Talent Management and Leadership Development, She has 20 years experience in a variety of global HR operational, project and consultancy roles with blue chip global organisations and SME’s both in the private and public sector.

The f...

Judith Moeckell

Consulting Partner | HR Management

London, UK

Judith is an international HR Consultant. Her specialism is Resourcing end to end solutions, global Talent Management and Leadership Development, She has 20 years experience in a variety of global HR operational, project and consultancy roles with blue chip global organisations and SME’s both in the private and public sector.

The first 17 year were spent various HR permanent roles  starting with a boutique HR consultancy and then moving to spend 10 years with Shell International. Roles included as head of Recruitment strategy, Global Head of talent for the Upstream Global Businesses, & head of HR for the global Wells function. Some of her deliverables included involvement in the creation & globalisation of selection & attraction strategies, tools, methodologies, OD and process design, talent management, succession planning, regional resourcing strategies and change projects.

Since leaving to set up JM Consulting in 2007 key projects have included creating & implementing talent, L&D, recruitment & resourcing strategies governance models & selection methodologies, employee value propositions, interim global roles as head of Talent, L&D and Change working with  FTSE 100’s across a wide range of sectors to include financial services, utilities, media, energy, tax & customs as well as healthcare.

As a qualified coach she also takes a hands on approach to the development of leadership & career coaching and mentoring.

Languages spoken: English

Krystyna Leyland

Consulting Partner | Psychometrics

London, UK

Krystyna is a highly qualified executive and career coach with over 15 years coaching experience. Her clients include company directors, managers and staff from a range of backgrounds, including pharmaceutical, health, finance and oil services.

Prior to becoming a coach, she was a Senior Manager in an incorporated Adult Education College...

Krystyna Leyland

Consulting Partner | Psychometrics

London, UK

Krystyna is a highly qualified executive and career coach with over 15 years coaching experience. Her clients include company directors, managers and staff from a range of backgrounds, including pharmaceutical, health, finance and oil services.

Prior to becoming a coach, she was a Senior Manager in an incorporated Adult Education College.

  • Licensed to use two different career coaching programmes and to administer SHL psychometric tests which she performs for us.
  • Worked in England and Poland. Speaks Polish.

Languages spoken: English, Polish

Klaus Nussbaum

Business Development & HR Consulting DACH

Mundelsheim, Germany

More than 30 years’ industry experience (Pfizer, Dow, Ciba, BASF, Troy)
•   Co-Founder and owner of 3N CONSULT GmbH
o   Advisory
  Marketing strategies (emotional marketing, emotions win)
  Benchmarking (from company to product level, to reach technology and cost leadership)...

Klaus Nussbaum

Business Development & HR Consulting DACH

Mundelsheim, Germany

More than 30 years’ industry experience (Pfizer, Dow, Ciba, BASF, Troy)
•   Co-Founder and owner of 3N CONSULT GmbH
o   Advisory
  Marketing strategies (emotional marketing, emotions win)
  Benchmarking (from company to product level, to reach technology and cost leadership)
  Process design and improvements
  Logistic concepts and material flow analysis
  Outsourcing concepts
o   Management Consulting
  Interim management
  Emotional leadership
  Business analysis, growth strategies, development, plans and implementation
  Innovation management
  Operational excellence
  Project management
  Intercultural coaching
o   Mergers & Acquisitions
  Identification, evaluation and assessment of investment options
  Technical due diligence
  Technical advisory to private equity companies and investors, family offices and corporate finance companies
  Business exit strategies
•         Interim Managing Director, Kumar Organic Products Europe
o   Development of a European strategy for pharmaceutical, nutrition, and personal care actives
o   Implementation of a new business model, process and quality improvements
•         Global Business Head Home & Personal Care, Troy Corp.
o   Establishment of new Business Unit Home & Personal Care
o   Implementation of a business and market entry strategy
o   Launch and execution of innovation projects directed at product range extension
•         Global Business Head Antimicrobial Business, Ciba Inc.
o   Redefinition and implementation of business strategy, focus on new products and applications
o   Business turnaround and realization of sustainable business growth
•         Manager Global Marketing Center and Technical Expert Detergents & Hygiene, Ciba Inc.
o   Steering of all product safety activities and regulatory affairs
o   Coordination of production, supply chain, and technical service
•         Project Manager Process Engineering Home & Personal, Ciba SC
o   Creation of process engineering department for BU Home & Personal Care
o   Implementation of key engineering competencies, focused on product launches
o   Technical project management for plant extension and joint process development
Education
•         Graduated Chemical Engineer - Hochschule Mannheim, D and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,  Pretoria, ZA
•         Various Project Management trainings
•         Business Management Training (Ciba)
•         Certified NLP Master Training

Languages spoken: German, English

Fabio Foschi

Business Development | Southern Europe

Milan, Italy

Fabio holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano)

He started his professional career within GRACE, an American Company active in the Chemical field, where he held several positions, over a period of 18 years, until becoming Sales and Marketing Director EMEA, based in Germany.

Later on, he operated in top...

Fabio Foschi

Business Development | Southern Europe

Milan, Italy

Fabio holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano)

He started his professional career within GRACE, an American Company active in the Chemical field, where he held several positions, over a period of 18 years, until becoming Sales and Marketing Director EMEA, based in Germany.

Later on, he operated in top executive roles (CEO and General Manager) for both large and medium sized Companies like FIAMM, Montefibre, Miroglio and Fratelli Piacenza.

In his career Fabio had the opportunity to cooperate with both large Multinational Companies and Family Companies, where he developed specific skills on issues like Generational Transition and Corporate Governance of Family Companies.

Since 2012 he is acting as Managing Partner of the Consulting Company he co-founded in 2003 (Oaktree Consulting).

Over the years he also served as Board Member in several companies and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Biella Foundation “Master Noble Fibres”.

He has collaborated with several Universities (Politecnico di Milano, SDA Bocconi and Bicocca) acting either as Tutor or Guest Lecturer.

Languages spoken: Italian, English

Mohamed Buhaisi

Business Development | MENA

Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed has worked almost 30 years in the Middle Eastern speciality chemicals sector. His career started at CBC, a US trading company in water soluble polymers before joining Quest International (Egypt) as Sales & Marketing Manager in flavours and fragrances. He then moved to an Egyptian dyeing and finishing Company, Misrtex as General Manag...

Mohamed Buhaisi

Business Development | MENA

Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed has worked almost 30 years in the Middle Eastern speciality chemicals sector. His career started at CBC, a US trading company in water soluble polymers before joining Quest International (Egypt) as Sales & Marketing Manager in flavours and fragrances. He then moved to an Egyptian dyeing and finishing Company, Misrtex as General Manager and latterly International Chemicals & Colorants Center (ICC), as Managing Director.

In 2009 he established BCI, a business development consulting firm, handling research, strategy and implementation for international companies wishing to develop their business development operations in Egypt and the MENA.

Mohamed has a BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering, San Jose State University, California, US

Mohamed has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, USA and Egypt and travelled very widely.

He speaks native Arabic and English fluently.

Languages spoken: Arabic, English